Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Resident Evil

So recently, my house splashed out a little to get a few games - Far Cry 3, Fallout 3, and Resident Evil 6. I don't get much time to play on my PS3, so I'm not exceptionally far through any of them (in fact, not really even touched FC3 yet), but I have managed to finish Jake's campaign on RE6 and am left on the whole wondering why people are complaining. Because Resi is epic.

Okay, maybe it's not the jump-out-of-your-seat survival horror you wanted, but anyone who cared about it would have known months ago that Capcom weren't planning on producing a game like that anyway. They said Leon's campaign would be somewhat survival horror, Chris' would be an action shooter, and Jake's would be somewhere in between. Reviews on the game appear to be along the lines of "Leon's campaign was good, but the other two sucked". It's just idiotic. The producers couldn't have clarified much more without putting a massive warning on it saying "only 1/4 survival-horror" (that stat is more or less correct, given Ada's campaign which I personally know nothing about). It was pretty obvious.

So by now you've probably figured out that this post isn't really on Resident Evil at all, but on expectations. Sometimes, you go into things or buy products having been told something which highly suggests something which blatantly isn't true (because to outright say it and it turn out to be true would be false advertising, which companies can get fined for, so they rarely come out and literally say what they seem to be saying). Yet in this case, the company blatantly outlined what was happening, and people still went in with false expectations. You could say "well they're just idiots then", but hmm...

Maybe expectations isn't the word for it. Perhaps a better word would be "wishful thinking". We all know what we want and when we want it and how, but we can't get everything we want. Still, we fool ourselves into thinking we can get it; that we're entitled to it. So we throw a big fit and a moan when we don't. But what's the purpose? Is people's whining going to make Capcom apologise for what was genuinely a great game if you went into it with a clear mind? No. Is it going to make Capcom make the next Resi a proper survival-horror? Most probably not. And why?

At this point a lot of people would start screaming "money! Capcom are still making money out of this whatever!", but people forget that companies aren't just massive inhuman entities; they're made up of people. Real people (as opposed to people who aren't real? Urgh, ignore me) who put a lot of hard work and effort into what they do. People who care about the product they're making even if the publisher doesn't maybe doesn't. Resident Evil has been heading this way seemingly for a while, and this shows the people making it want it to go that way. Resi Evil 6 is the game that the people making it wanted it to be, and it was the customer's choice to buy it. Maybe the Resident Evil series isn't going the way long-time fans would want it to go, but hey, you can still get access to the earlier games - they still exist and aren't going anywhere. Vote with your business, not your (sometimes incredibly illiterate) whining.

Okay, maybe that post wasn't about expectations either... Oh well.

See you next time,

P.S. I'm not defending all companies and games with this, just companies who STILL manage to make great, working games, even if they don't meet people's expectations.

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